Phoenix Liveaboard, Bahamas

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Join the Phoenix catamaran for an exciting sailing and diving adventure in the Bahamas. Catering for a max of 8 guests the Phoenix liveaboard offers comfortable accommodations with air-conditioning, generator, diving compressor and four cabins with double beds and private washrooms with showers. There is room for lounging on the top deck and array of local and international dishes, along with fresh fruit, soups and salads served in the outdoor lounge/dining area.

Diving aboard the Phoenix liveaboard you will explore the beauty of Exuma and New Providence Reef. There is a choice of over 100 dive sites with walls, drift, wrecks, caves and blue holes, as well as huge schools of fish and sharks. Dive from spacious skiffs with up to 20 dives per trip.

All dives are accompanied by professionals for your safety and experience. Don’t miss out on this unique trip and book your Bahamas diving liveaboard today.

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Included: VAT, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Extra Dives, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Port Fees (135 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (725 USD), Snorkel Gear, WiFi internet (15 USD per item).

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Boat features

  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Available for Charter
  • Fishing

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Wine Available
  • Full-board Option

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English.


Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2012
  • Length 1396 m
  • Beam 787 m
  • Engines 2 x 57 PS (Diesel)
  • Max guests 8
  • Number of cabins 4
  • Number of bathrooms 4
  • Water capacity 700 l
  • Fuel capacity 2 x 520 l

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light

Phoenix Reviews

  • 8.4 Very good
  • 38 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    7.9
  2. Crew
    7.9
  3. Food
    8.9
  4. Diving
    9.1
  5. Value
    8.3
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Timothy L
  • United States United States
Finished the trip feeling like family

Besutiful dives.

Recommended for
Quaint. Relaxed. Comfortable
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Matthew A
  • United States United States
Absolutely tremendous!

Sharks every dive, killer sunsets, great food, funny crew. I'd do it again in a heart beat!

Recommended for
Awesome dive master, GREAT diving, and awesome wrecks
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Terry B
  • United States United States
An honest opinion - I’m glad I picked the Phoenix

Wreck dives were good Overall itinerary was well laid out Guest preferences were integrated into daily schedules The captain if a great chef and meals were good Blue hole dive was really nice Dive guides were good, safety oriented, patient with divers quirks, and adjusted dive profile to satisfy customers skills. Dive guides made life easy by helping water entry/exit and tanks changes if desired. The boat has a good design, cabins nice, better setup in the larger dive boat operators in my opinion. I recommended minor changes to the Phoenix and they listened, so your trip might be even better than mine. On Bahamas diving, wave and sea conditions are milder compared to Caribbean locations, bring sun protection, hats etc. Water temperature at my time was swim suite diving. Liveaboard.com was a good place to book the trip, their agents communicated well, and I’d give them 5 stars also..

Recommended for
Dive sites, the captain and dive guides, food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Elizabeth G
  • United States United States
Our private dive trip!

No other guests! Just got lucky that others cancelled. Great divemaster who really cared to make the dives varied and interesting. He also handled all our gear. Captain with excellent boat handling skills, very considerate about doing loud things (filling tanks, running engine to charge batteries) during our dives so surface time was calm and quiet. Comfortable double beds. Three real meals per day.

Recommended for
Very fair price, flexibility and options for diving, 3 real meals per day
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Lindsay B
  • United States United States
Memorable, beautiful dive sites and nice staff.

First open water dives for my boyfriend and he loved them! They baked a cake to celebrate his birthday!

Recommended for
Sharks everywhere! Amazing diving! Beautiful leisure time.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Robert K
  • United States United States
relaxing, good diving

Great diving, lots of small sea life - coral, nudibranchs, sponges. large sea life - hammer heads, tons of reef sharks, nurse sharks, logger head turtles, green turtles, grouper, jacks.... Plenty of wreck dives. Large variety of dive sites. Casual laid back trip

Recommended for
the diving, lots of wrecks if you like them!, beatiful weather
  • 4.4 Review score
  • Grant A
  • United States United States
Not what we expected or paid for.

Let me start with the good about our trip. Most of the dive sites we were taken to were very nice, and we enjoyed the sealife we got to see, and those dives in general. Oleg, the boats captain was a good cook, and the meals were tasty. The DM's were friendly and helpful other than a few things that I will describe below. End of good. The bad. The trip was advertised as 19+ dives, and the crew explained we would do 4 dives per day or approximately 24 dives. We actually did 14, and that was only after a few of the guests became very angry (otherwise it would have been less). In fairness, the wind was strong a few days, but NO effort was made to use the leeward side of the islands or any other alternatives. In fact by 3pm one day the wind had died down and the sea was fairly calm, but the DM's still refused to dive. The captain was a good cook, but most of the food was sub-par at best. We were not fed two meals back to back (dinner one evening and breakfast the following day). About half the breakfasts were bagels cut into 1/8ths and served with jam or butter. There was never enough food at any meal (very small portions). Our 'meat' often consisted of one or one-half very cheap hot-dog which most people couldn't or wouldn't eat. The only 'drink' served the entire week was water. You could purchase a soda or beer can for $5 each. The beds consisted of a 1" mat sitting on wooden slats covered with a fitted sheet. You were handed a top sheet and blanket, should you wish to make the 'bed'. The pillows were dingy, lumpy and flat as a pancake. Our shower backed up (even when we were not using it), and I had about 30 seconds of hot water one day. Otherwise showered in ice cold water. The cabinet didn't latch, and so our clean items were thrown daily onto the nasty floor by the waves rocking the boat. Our curtain was broken and laying on top of the cabinet, and about half the lights worked and flickered in the room. The dives advertised on liveaboard are NOT the dives you will do. I think of the ones advertised we did 1. We were told there would be no pig-beach, no washing machine and the captain said he had told liveaboard to stop advertising that. On multiple dives the DM's brought us up far from the boat and we were told to swim. One case in particular left us about 150 yards behind the boat in a strong current. We were all exhausted by the time we made the boat, and the entire time the DM on that dive yelled and argued with everyone, blaming us for not staying closer together. I didn't respond, but found it ironic that we all surfaced behind him, together, and so far away from the boat. Of the two DM's one would guide the dive and the other would stay on the boat, running the compressor and filling tanks. This disturbed the dive, and likely caused us to see far less sealife than we should have. It also was a real safety risk in my opinion. Almost every time we would surface, the one on the boat would have ear-muff's on running the compressor and wouldn't know anyone was struggling to get into the boat. There were a few times that a diver came up stressed or in need of assistance and had it not been for fellow divers, would have been in trouble relying upon the boat crew. I could likely go on but feel like it would start to sound nit-picky. In my opinion, we did not get what we paid for in any sense of the word. I would suggest anyone thinking about taking this boat to think twice.

Recommended for
The sealife and that's about it.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Natasa M
  • United States United States
Wonderful time

First time diving with the sharks in the Bahamas . Shark arena . Deep blue hole . Sailing on catamaran . The friendly captain and the food .

Recommended for
Introduction to shark diving , personalized dive master , crew friendliness
  • 10 Exceptional
  • brett W
  • United States United States
We had a great crew and amazing diving.

The conditioners were rough and windy, but the experience underwater was still exceptional with good visibility and tons of sea life. I love the Exuma dives where the reefs were abundant with corals, fans, etc. the food was great—three hot, delicious meals a day.

Recommended for
We had a fun group of people from all over the world. The diving was great with tons of sharks, ship wreaks, and variety. The crew was committed to making it a great trip from beginning to end.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Christopher P
  • United States United States
Great LiveAboard and Great Diving!

So many sharks! Great time in the Exumas and around New Providence! Would go again right away!

Recommended for
1. Great atmosphere 2. Great diving with Tim and Andrea 3. Great food from Oleg
  • 7.6 Good
  • Sera L
  • United States United States
Great liveaboard experience with good people

The captain is a very good cook but wished I had more options for each meal. Also, it's a small boat -- what you see in the picture is it. We didn't have many people on the boat at the time but it would've been too hectic if the boat was full. Overall, great boat with great people.

Recommended for
Our dive guides, Tim and Andrea, were amazing! They were very chill and tried to show us everything they could find in each dive. They also took care of our equipments. The boat itself is a little outdated and needs some improvements but is in overall good condition. The food is also great but would've appreciated having drink options. Just so everyone's aware, only water is provided and it's $5 for beer and $2.5 (I think) for soda. I think the boat could've provided drinks since drink is even provided in cheaper liveaboard operations in the area. Also, it maybe a good idea to bring a portable battery because the captain turns off everything at night and I sometimes found my camera battery not charged.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Cathalina M
  • United States United States
Great dive sites and fun side trips.

Setting sail once on a sailboat Meeting other divers on boat Side trip to pigs and iguanas

Recommended for
Divemasters, side trips, cabin
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Andrew D
  • United States United States
Incredible experience

There was a good mix of dive sites (reefs, sharks, wrecks), with flexibility to see different ones, depending on weather conditions. The crew was very good at their job. The dive masters were clearly well trained, and knew the dive sites and local sea life in-and-out. The captain is also an excellent cook. We never had the same dish twice, and the food was all creative, and just what you need after a day of multiple dives. The crew were quite friendly, and made us feel at home during the whole trip. The catamaran is a great boat to dive from. It is spacious, provides a stable platform, and offers easy entry and exit from the water.

Recommended for
Very skilled and knowledgeable crew, world class dive sites, comfortable boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Thomas S
  • United States United States
Unbelievable Experience, Small group on boat, Big Groupers below the boat.

The Dive Masters were very good at what they had to do on the boat and in the water. Thank you to my new friends Ivo and Andrea. I had the Experience I will never forget. Well, I was the only one that showed up. First thing take off your shoes and hop on! Ivo set up my gear and showed me my room. Very nice room with side window and top hatch for a nice breeze. Hot shower. The diving is what I came for and I had all the dives I wanted, at all the dive sites I wanted to dive. They were all amazing in there own way. The best was the Hammerhead at Pillar Wall with Ivo. And Shark Arena with Andrea. I have never been so close to big Reef Sharks. And I am so happy I have Pictures and video of my experience. I will see you next year Oleg. California Tom S.

Recommended for
Sharks on almost every dive. Nice breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner from Capitan Oleg.
  • 4.8 Review score
  • Robert O
  • United States United States
Good diving, one star boat experience

The food consisted of oiled, fried chicken and pork for every meal - including breakfast. Not by any means local or fresh cuisine. By the end we stopped eating meals and relied on snacks. The crew had several arguments throughout the trip between captain and dive masters, made passengers uncomfortable. No WiFi available at all. No air conditioning in bunks and very poor ventilation, ended up sleeping on the deck of the boat on the floor two nights because of the extreme heat. Broken parts of the boat, the front cargo home had been patched several times and close to ripping, storage cabinets in bunk was broken. We had no access to clean water for two days, unable to even rinse off after diving, no showers, had to wash our hands after using the toilet with bottles water. Were not able to rinse off gear or wetsuits after use. The dive masters were however very knowledgeable and friendly, but that did not make up for the time we spent on the ship.

Recommended for
Dive masters very friendly and enthusiastic, nice dive sites
  • 7.2 Good
  • Troy W
  • United States United States
great crew, no fresh water 2 days. no air conditioner

small personal service, knowledgeable dive crew

Recommended for
the crew was great, fabulous dive location
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Jeancarlo C
  • United States United States
Amazing Diving Spots

The good first: The crew is very friendly and they do work hard. After each dive, they will change your tanks and prepare your stuff for the next dive. The Captain (Oleg) which is also the chef, will have prepare snacks for the divers. The schedule is pretty much the same. At 8am is breakfast, after is one or two dives with a snack in between. Then lunch. One or two dives after, and then another snack and dinner later in the night. The crew is very friendly and they are always keeping up with all the guests. You get a gallon of water daily for free, which they encourage you to drink. If you need any other accommodations, you can just ask Oleg and they will make it happen. The dives sites are amazing with a lot to see. The bad: The boat is showing some age. You will NOT get what is on the pictures. The aft lounge is a table and the air compressor is on the other side (not as the current pictures). There is no cushions on the front of the boat (they are using this as water storage). The rooms and bathrooms are showing some age and are dated. Between the port entrance to the rooms there is a washing machine and pretty much, the inside lounge is not accesible to the guests since it has many other stuff and the captain sleeps there. In summary, the pictures are not really what you get. There are soft drinks to sell, but they are $2.50 USD each. One more thing, you will get use to it, but the boat has a weird smell (on the kitchen and bathrooms). This smell soon enough will stop bothering you. Overall it is an amazing experience but, do not be surprise with the pictures and the reality of what you get.

Recommended for
Food, Diving Sites, Friendly Crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Elizabeth O
  • United States United States
The Phoenix is Best liveaboard

We explored dive sites that were not visited by the other liveaboard vessels. We particularly enjoyed the Shark Arena, diving the James Bond boat, the Dog Wall, and the double dive in the Blue Hole.

Recommended for
1. A divemaster accompanied every dive and let us determine the length of the dives. 2. Accommodated our dietary requirements with no problems. 3. Friendly, welcoming crew was eager to provide the best experience possible.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • SUSAN W
  • United States United States
Fantastic diving, boat needs updates, we got what we paid for

Pros - All the sharks! Tranquil water and gorgeous scenery. Amazing dive sites. Stop at Iguana Beach Cons - 1) No comfortable seating other than at the dining table - the front nets were falling apart, seating at the front was blocked by water jugs. 2) A/C was turned on grudgingly, we had to insist that it be run all night so we could sleep 3) Diving was frequently scheduled soon after meals (and never before breakfast), which made diving sometimes uncomfortable. Dinner was served quite late (generally 7:30 or 8pm), even though we asked if it could be earlier. 4) Private bathroom was unbelievably small, esp the shower

Recommended for
1) Quality of most of the dive sites 2) Quantity of the food, and quality of food for the most part 3) Personal service, since we were the only two guests
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Salvador S
  • Spain Spain
Fantastica

Los tiburones

Recommended for
Seriedad, seguridad y compromiso
  • 8.4 Very good
  • chloé L
  • France France
Great experience in the Bahamas

Great dives with beautifull corals, sharks, lobsters, turtles and wreck ... Nice sunset with the team on the boat

Recommended for
great diving, friendly crew, weather
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Gerhard H
  • Austria Austria
Great diving trip with Oleg and crew

Competent dive guides, diving with 20 sharks surroundig us, caves and tunnels, Oleg‘s Ham and Eggs, crystal clear water

Recommended for
Amazing crew, spacious cabins, sharks
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Erin V
  • Canada Canada
Exceeded all my expectations of a liveaboard experience.

This was my first live-aboard experience and traveled solo. The Bahamas in itself is a beautiful county and the diving was topnotch. An abundance of sea life, including a variety of sharks, rays, grouper, turtles, crabs, lobsters, jacks, snapper.... the list goes on and on. Diving in Exuma felt like swimming through an underwater forest with large schools of fish, giant corals, sea fans and sponges, the reefs were VERY healthy. The boat was cozy and comfortable, with hot fresh water showers and private bathrooms. Captain Navado had great knowledge of the area, always providing safe navigation, history lessons and great sightseeing up top! Dive-master Ivo excelled on fish ID, underwater navigation, diver safety and comfort. He led us through endless swim throughs, wrecks, drift dives, shark dives and the beautiful Lost blue hole. Chef Anna made delicious meals, always creative and different. She catered to specific diets offering hot tea or coffee post dives with fresh baked goods, definitely well fed!! The moment I stepped on board the staff made me feel welcome and at home. We shared stories between dives and over an evening cocktail making them feel more like family in the end than staff. Highly recommend this live-aboard.

Recommended for
Diving, Staff, food.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Christian S
  • Germany Germany
Rundum zufrieden

Meine Ersten Tauchgänge mit Haien

Recommended for
Tauchgäste und Guides alles prima Leute, hat auch nach den Tauchgängen an Bore Spaß gemacht
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Carlo Alberto B
  • Italy Italy
Sharks, rays and turtles!

Blue hole, the cathedral, iguana beach and the wrecks.

Recommended for
Divemaster, dive sites, catamaran
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Susana B
  • Spain Spain
Good diving trip

The boat need some upgrades, and rules and procedures in a small boat needs to be improved. The service was nice and the diving sites amazing

Recommended for
The crew, the dive sites, the amazing sunsets
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Amaury D
  • France France
Great trip, great captain & crew, great dives

I had the opportunity to spend a week on the Phoenix. It is a family boat with a great Captain and 2 young and passionate diving instructors. Captain cooks very well every meal. Diving sites are great and we had the opportunity to see providence and others islands. Great diving and human experience.

Recommended for
Dives, captain & crew and food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Sébastien M
  • Belgium Belgium
Value for money diving in Bahamas

Shark diving Wreck diving Northern Exuma paradise

Recommended for
Good price/value, sharks & wrecks, small group
  • 5.6 Review score
  • niamh B
  • Ireland Ireland
Great dives and great trip to pig beach

Great dives, lots of coral, swim throughs. Day spent at pig beach was brilliant.

Recommended for
Diving, pig beach, small number of people onboard
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Margaret X
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Excellent crew and beautiful dive sites introduced by the guides

The hardest working and most fun and helpful crew I've ever seen!

Recommended for
The food, the dive sites picked, and the crew!
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Ella C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Diving was great, crew were fantastic, and we’d definitely go back

Shark arena dives, there were only 4 guests in total so plenty of space on the catamaran

Recommended for
Sharks, friendly crew and crew knowledge
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